Not sure what my problem is...

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Flaminguts
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   Posted 9/4/2006 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not 100% sure what bipolar disorder is... but I know that I have something other than depression. I have vicious mood swings at random, I can go from really happy to thinking about bloody murder in the same minute with no apparent reason. I have been on prozac and that helped a little bit for a while but eventually stopped working altogether.
 
Sometimes I am set off by a thought, by a look from a stranger, or by something someone says. But it is usually not something I would have gotten angry/upset over.
 
I am just wondering what causes bi-polar. Is it set off by an event, is is short term, long term?
I'm really not sure what would help me.
 
I am really uncomfortable talking about this with anyone, but I think I have a serious problem.
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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/4/2006 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome D-rule. I see you've posted many times before, but I think this may be your first time in this particular forum. I hope we can help you.

Bipolar is definitely long-term, and can be managed rather than cured. It can be set off by an event (a trigger), but the cause is believed to be chemical and/or genetic. I.e. if you don't have a predisposition to it, an event won't trigger it.

Your mood swings sound rather rapid to me. -- How many do you get in, say, a month? You could have a form of bipolar with rapid cycling, but bp is often confused with other things, and it could just as easily be something else going on -- or even your meds (I know some people don't react well to Prozac). When did you start noticing the swings?

You should have a look at the "Bipolar Recources" thread second from the top of the listings for this forum (grey shaded area), and you might also find the following summary informative: http://www.dbsalliance.org/info/bipolar.html

Your best bet is to see a psychiatrist to get evaluated. You cannot diagnose yourself with this, and nobody here will be able to do that for you either. If it's not bipolar, they will be able to help you with what it actually is. General docs aren't really equipped to handle bp in terms of expertise or the amount of time they can give to diagnosis, monitoring, etc.

Best wishes,

Rosie x


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lazy
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   Posted 9/4/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I believed for years that I suffered from only depression (not that depression wasn't enough, but I always felt like there was something else) but it took years to get a BP diagnosis.  I found it helpful to keep a journal so when I went to a psych I could give him accurate information.  Good luck and stay in touch..Lazy

wmnak
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   Posted 9/4/2006 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
d,
 
only a pdoc (psychiatrist or good psychologist) can diagnose you.  i went for years with a dianosis of depression.  i went the prozac route.  i would snap a people and demolish them with my tongue for little or no cause.  i sanpped at a boss so badly once that i made him cry.  i couldn't control my rages.
 
that's me.  NOT YOU.  you must find your own path.  start with confiding in a pdoc.
 
luck to you.
 
warren

Flaminguts
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   Posted 9/4/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey ya'll

Thanks for writing back. I have been around HW for a while now, I am on the Crohns forum quite often. I will take the advise and go see a psydoc and get evaluated. My GP had given me prozac for depression and it seemed to work for a little while, then it just stopped altogether and even got worse.

My mood swings are generally rages, I can experience this many times in one day for no apparent reason. Many times I can control myself enough but sometimes I start yelling or throwing things around. Warren- what you described sounds a lot like me on a bad day. I have come close to getting fired because I have yelled at people at work and have threatened people many times, to include my boss.
It isn't just at work though, sometimes I look at someone and it is like I can 'feel' what they are thinking and I get angry. Someone can look at me wrong some days and I will become very irritable.

Thanks again.
I will get some help I think.

Casey
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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/5/2006 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Casey,

Great, I think that's the right move. Good luck -- and you let us know how you get on eh? :)

Best,
Rosie x
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